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Democracy Dialogue

Global conversations inspired by Egypt's 2011 uprising featuring  Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi

Media in للغة العربية,  中文, اردو, 한국어

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GLOBAL DEMOCRACY INSPIRED BY THE 2011 ARAB UPRISINGS


Mohamed ElBaradei & Rajmohan Gandhi in post-revolution Egypt

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The turbulent post-revolution period in 2012 was a time of enormous hope mixed with  tremendous uncertainty. AT that time, Rajmohan Gandhi, international peace advocate, historian, former parliamentarian, and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, traveled to Egypt with a small delegation from the University of Illinois to lend solidarity to the Egyptian people and engage in dialogue with Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Laureate and head of Egypt's opposition coalition. The idea was for these two figures to engage in dialogue and reflect on the Egyptian uprising, the experience of Gandhi during India's independence movement, and global struggles for democracy.  For more background see ABOUT

Gandhi in Egypt, 2012


 The Constitution Party: Bread, Freedom and Social Justice

The Constitution Party: Bread, Freedom and Social Justice

At the time of their two-day encounter, ElBaradei was head of the Constitution Party (hizb al-dastoor), and  on the verge of leading the opposition coalition, The National Association for Change. The Egyptian parliament was in the process of drafting a new constitution, the government of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was facing growing levels of popular discontent, and pressure was mounting on the opposition to provide a viable alternative to the Brotherhood and the Military.

Their discussions capture a combination of BIG IDEAS about global democracy and security, as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Dr. ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change in Egypt and India. See the Democracy Dialogue videos and transcripts below.


    THE TRANSCRIPTS

 Transcripts of the dialogue encounters are available for download in

 ARABIC, CHINESE, URDU, KOREAN

 

THE VIDEOS

The Democracy Dialogue video vignettes  combine BIG IDEAS about global democracy, as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Mohamed ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change in Egypt and India.  See the entire selection of videos here


Ideas vs. Ideology

What is the difference between ideas and ideologies? Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi make the case that ideas, not ideologies, are needed to forge more democratic alternatives.


Divide & Rule

Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and historian, tells a cautionary tale from the Indian subcontinent about divide and rule.

Citizens & Minorities

ElBaradei and Gandhi argue for systems of law and education that lead to the protection and equal rights of minorities. Thumbnail image by Roger Anis


Seeds of Change: Growing up in the Nasser Era

Mohamed ElBaradei talks about growing up during the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser and how his father Mustapha ElBaradei, a lawyer and head of Egypt's Bar Association at the time, planted in him the seeds of change.


Nuclear Disarmament


Educating for Global Security


Brain Drain

"We have eight million Egyptians abroad. Lots of them are highly skilled. That's what makes you angry and makes you sad at the same time." Mohamed ElBaradei


DEMOCRACY DIALOGUE MEMES

The Democracy Dialogue memes are teasers for  learners and educators to explore key ideas from from figures  whose work is dedicated to global justice, education,  and critical democracy. The memes are drawn from  notable works of literature, political philosophy, sociology, history and economics, among others. 

 see the memes in  English

see the memes in English

 See the memes in  Persian

See the memes in Persian

 See the memes in  Arabic

See the memes in Arabic

 See the memes in  Chinese

See the memes in Chinese

 

Democracy Dialogue was launched on January 25, 2016, the five year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. The project is coordinated by Linda Herrera of the Global Studies in Education program, UIUC. See ABOUT


The resources on  the Democracy Dialogue website and its YouTube channels are non-commercial and intended for educational purposes. The videos and transcripts are under the creative commons license CC-BY-ND.